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Progress on the Sunken Ear Frog and Morphology of Sound Producing System in Anurans
Author of the article:LI Pi-peng
Author's Workplace:(Center for China Herp-breeding and Conservation Rerearch, Liaoning Key Lab of Biodiversity and Evolution, Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang 110034, China)
Key Words: amphibian; the sunken ear frog; sound production apparatus; eco-morphology; evo-morphology
Amphibians are among the first vertebrates to use sound communication in reproduction, defence and male-female identification. The sound production apparatus consists of the larynx and/or its vocal sacs. Recent studies showed that the Chinese frog Rana tormotus, which is endemic to China, produces countless and high-pitched vocalizations, some of which share features of birdsong. It is a phenomenon of adaption to torrent in the noisy setting of their natural habitats. In this review, we summarize the research being done on the Rana tormotus sound producing apparatus and suggest that this frog could be used as a model for sound production studies. And pointed out its important position in the discovery of the structures of sound producing apparatus from eco-morphology, evo-morphology and ontogeny in different taxa of frogs and toads.
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